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Oh dear….

Nicholas Watt (Guardian): If Barack Obama were dreaming up the ideal start to Mitt Romney’s first overseas visit as the presumptive Republican nominee, the president might wonder whether his rival could offend the US’s historic transatlantic ally.

That would obviously be rejected as impossibly ambitious, so the president might then ask himself whether Romney would fail to remember the name of one of his hosts in London.

Surely a successful businessman would never make such a basic error. So the president would wonder whether Romney would breach convention by saying in public that he met the head of MI6, Britain’s overseas intelligence agency.

To the undoubted joy of the White House, Romney stumbled on all those fronts in London on Thursday…

….. The comparisons with Romney’s trip to Europe and Obama’s visit at almost exactly the same stage in the electoral cycle four years ago are almost too embarrassing to mention. Obama wooed a quarter of a million people in Berlin while Romney was mocked by the British prime minister.

More here

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Daily Mail: Boris Johnson today issued an Olympics rallying cry in response to Mitt Romney’s dig over London’s appetite to host the 2012 Games.

The U.S. presidential hopeful, who is in the UK on a diplomatic visit, had doubted the British public’s passion for the Olympics in a television interview for U.S. network NBC.

Despite his backtracking today – saying that the Olympics would be ‘a wonderful 17 days’ – the man who could replace Barack Obama as the world’s most important leader found himself singled out as public enemy number one.

Speaking in front of 60,000 assembled in Hyde Park at a concert to mark the end of the Olympic Torch relay, the London Mayor tonight reaffirmed the city’s zeal for the event.

‘There are some people coming from around the world who don’t yet know if we are ready,’ the Mr Johnson roared. ‘There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!’

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The Guardian: Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a priceless gift for the US presidential election campaign when the presumptive Republican nominee blundered on his first diplomatic outing by questioning whether London was capable of staging a successful Olympic Games.

In a move that astonished Downing Street, hours before it laid on a special reception for Romney at No 10 he told NBC there were “disconcerting” signs about the preparations for the Games.

One senior Whitehall source said: “What a total shocker. We are speechless.”

David Cameron wasted no time in rebuking Romney hours after his remarks were broadcast. On a visit to the Olympic Park, the prime minister said: “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

Cameron’s remarks were intended to be a light-hearted jibe at Romney, who used his famous management skills honed at Bain Capital to rescue the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

….. Earlier, Romney appeared to forget Ed Miliband’s name when they met at Westminster. “Like you, Mr Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning,” Romney said to Miliband as they shook hands.

…. One meeting was held way from the cameras when Romney was briefed by Sir John Sawers, the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. This prompted Romney’s third blunder of the day when Romney announced in Downing Street that he had met Sawers. Visiting dignitaries tend not to announce when they meet the head of MI6.

More here

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Lucy Jones (UK Telegraph): Mitt Romney is a wazzock

Who does Mitt Romney think he is? The Republican presidential nominee, has questioned Britain’s preparedness to host the London 2012 Olympics and asked whether the country is genuinely willing to “celebrate” the Games. He’s meeting David Cameron today after telling US television there were “disconcerting” signs about Britain’s readiness. That should be an interesting rendezvous. This rude discourse comes just after Romney’s advisors told this paper: “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” whatever that means.

I couldn’t give a monkeys about the Olympics. It’s a pain in the butt as far as I’m concerned … But perhaps Mitt Romney’s diss will transform grimaces into patriotic support. Now I feel a glimmer of protectiveness and pride. Anyway, there’s one thing Romney could learn while he’s in Britain this week: some manners.

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UK Independent

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Telegraph: …. Not content with upsetting his British hosts, Mr Romney has now also managed to enrage the travelling American press corps, who pay tens of thousands of dollars to follow him around the globe. After his meeting with Ed Miliband, the Republican presidential challenger apparently took questions only from British reporters.

The gaffe-prone Mr Romney is so rarely made available to these media “embeds” on the trail that his campaign has been nicknamed the “Mittness Protection Programme”. So his decision to ignore them during one such “avail” went down predictably badly.

The NBC News First Read blog says: “Those of us that have travelled overseas and been involved in these VERY limited press avails have rarely seen heads of democracies TOTALLY ignore their own press corps but answer ANOTHER press corps’ questions”.

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Vanity Fair: Mitt Romney’s disaster of a European vacation continues to implode. In an Olympic ceremony in Hyde Park this afternoon, London mayor Boris Johnson mocked Romney’s earlier gaffe—Disconcerting-gate—and Romney’s dumb name. “There’s guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!” Did Johnson make air quotes with his hands when he said “Mitt Romney”?

What else? “Romney appeared to forget [Labour Party head] Ed Miliband’s name when they met at Westminster. ‘Like you, Mr Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning’ Romney said to Miliband as they shook hands.”’

O.K., what else? “One meeting was held [away] from the cameras when Romney was briefed by Sir John Sawers, the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. This prompted Romney’s third blunder of the day when Romney announced in Downing Street that he had met Sawers. Visiting dignitaries tend not to announce when they meet the head of MI6.”

Anything else? People are using the hashtag #RomneyShambles to describe the events of the 24-hour trip.

Next up: Israel!

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Meanwhile, back in the grown-ups’ world:

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GOPolitico: Republicans trying to play down President Barack Obama’s decision to launch the raid that led to the death of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are not getting much help from the military brass who oversaw the operation.

During a rare public interview on Wednesday, Adm. Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations command, portrayed as bold and brave Obama’s decision to order the raid despite significant doubts about whether bin Laden was at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

“At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum.

…. “The president of the United States is fantastic,” the admiral said. “I’m not a political guy. I’ve worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis.”

…. “I’m not a political guy, but I’ll tell you as an interested observer of this, they were magnificent how they handled the start-to-finish,” McRaven said. “The president asked all the right questions…The president gave me ample time to prepare once the conversations were through.”

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President Barack Obama signs the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Executive Order in the Oval Office, July 26, 2012. Standing behind the President, from left, are: Patricia Coulter, CEO National Urban League of Philadelphia; Rep. Danny Davis, D- Ill.; Reverend Al Sharpton; Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Benjamin Jealous, President of the NAACP; Ingrid Saunders- Jones, Chair of the National Council of Negro Women; Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa.; Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools; and Michael Lomax, President of the United Negro College Fund. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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239 Responses to “Oh dear….”


  1. 1 VotingPoet
    July 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, just Wow!

  2. 3 donna dem 4 obama
    July 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Romney is an embarassment

  3. 5 yardarm756
    July 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Fat chance

  4. July 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Ok, Willard’s fun to laugh at, and I shall continue to do so. But, remember what’s really happening in London:

  5. 13 yardarm756
    July 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I hope Willard’s horse is a better dancer than he is a statesman.

  6. July 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I still don’t understand why he was granted an interview with MI6. That just makes no sense. I am offended.

    • 17 Pamela
      July 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      I know, it kind of stinks of back room swindling….

    • 19 cookemom
      July 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I hope he enjoyed it, cause he’s gotta know by now, it’s the last time he gets that close…and that’s even in the unlikely event he wins the presidency.

    • July 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      The only person who said it happened was Mitt. Mitt Romney the serial liar.

      • 22 veryslowwriter
        July 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Of course by saying it, he violated protocol which is that you don’t EVER talk about MI6. It’s silly but a serious matter to the Brits who now view him even more skeptically.

        • 23 nathkatun7
          July 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

          Mitt Romney is not ready for the big leagues! You would think that a man whose been running for President, for almost 6 years now, would have taken time to acquaint himself with diplomatic protocols. But Mitt also lacks common sense. Even I know that you don’t dis your hosts while you are still in their house. It’s just not done. But Mitt is so privileged and arrogant that he thinks that he doesn’t have to behave like other lowly people. I am glad the Mayor of London called him ” a guy named Mitt Romney.” Try as he may, Mitt Romney is not yet the President of the United States. For all I know, he is not yet the nominee of the Republican Party. Some smart people on this blog were even speculating that the Republican party, which is not 100% behind him, could still dump him because of his financial and tax baggage.

    • July 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      I doubt they talked about anything confidential.

    • 25 Cman
      July 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      It is possible that presidential candidates get this courtesy since they may have to know about it eventually. You may not have heard that PBO or others met with the man because they knew to keep it quiet.

    • 28 sherijr
      July 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Yes it bothers me too Jackie- I’d really like that explained.

      • 29 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        July 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        It bothers me a lot. That type of contact should be for those who have been elected. I don’t know if it’s common practice but it’s typical of Romney to put his foot in his mouth. He’s making Bush look good and that’s hard to do.

      • 30 nathkatun7
        July 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

        It was probably a courtesy meeting, requested by Romney, which did not deal with substantive issues/policies. At the same time, I fully understand why you, Tally, Jackie 4 Obama, and others, may be bothered.

        Non-elected government officials (especially those in sensitive positions) should not be in the business of meeting with politicians who have not yet been elected to office. I have no qualms with the British Prime Minister, or the Britain’s leader of the opposition, meeting with Romney, a U.S presidential candidate who has yet to be nominated by his party, let alone being elected President. However, the optics of Romney meeting with the head of M16 look bad. Until the majority of Americans vote to entrust the U.S. Presidency to Mitt Romney, the Brits should not be entrusting him with classified sensitive intelligence information. But again, I am sure this were a mere courtesy meeting that Romney and his advisor ware quick to exploit.

    • 31 Cha
      July 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      I know! That Stinks like rotten fish. Let a bungling loud mouth braggert like willard romney talk to M16! WTF!

  7. 32 dotster3
    July 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I saw the interview where Wolf, playing a Willard/GOP agent, introduced Adm. McRaven as the one who made the decision to go after Bin Laden, in an obvious attempt to take that accomplishment away from President Obama. The admiral made it very clear that it was President Obama who made the decision, not him, and after further high praise for President Obama and his team for how they prepared and handled the whole operation, Wolf just sat there and swallowed, rightly chastened, and then sadly mumbled a slight agreement. CNN and Wolf are not trustworthy, not shocking news, I know.

    • July 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Why would any American want their military decisions to be made by anyone other than the Commander in Chief? Why would that make anyone happy?

      • 34 itgurl_29
        July 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        Because the Commander in Chief is black, that’s why.

        • July 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

          Sadly, this is true for some.

        • 36 veryslowwriter
          July 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

          Lots of people meet with the head of MI6. You don’t hear about it because you’re not supposed to tell. It was a courtesy meeting and Mitt repaid the courtesy with rudeness. That’s our Mitt!!

        • 37 nathkatun7
          July 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

          That’s the absolute TRUTH, itgurl_29! You see everything good that has happened under President Obama is credited to someone else, whereas any thing negative that has happened, even those that before President Obama took the oath of office, like the massive deficit, is all Obama’s fault.

    • 38 anniebella
      July 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      You mean TeaNN , or FOX Jr.. It’s no longer CNN.

    • 39 yardarm756
      July 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I saw that and damn near shot my tv. Wolf is a PapaIndiaSierraSierra AlphaNovemberTango!

  8. 46 GGail
    July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The gifts just keep coming. Just goes to show you MONEY can’t buy common sense and decency.

  9. 48 Pamela
    July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Oh Dear, is right! I was over on the last thread, chatting away, to no one! :lol:

  10. 49 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Mitt Romney is a “wazzock” Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

  11. July 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

  12. 52 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Oh my goodness…..what an embarrassment that guy is….just one thing, I can’t find the french translation for wazzock?? I like the word though lol whatever it means.

    Is it like weird?….

  13. 60 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Pete Wentz from the rock group Fall Out Boy is in for Obama 2012. He’s holding events in Ohio for Obama 2012. This is wicked cool. Fall Out Boy is kick ass and he’ll most definitely reach the young demographic in a huge way.

    Team Obama is awesome!

  14. 65 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  15. July 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  16. 69 proudofobama
    July 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Evening TOD family. I’ve been out running around today but keeping up with Mitt’s comedy tour on Twitter. I can not stop laughing. I have never seen such a mess in my life. Romney and his team are just incompetent. Amateurs. What an idiot Romney is. Is there anyone left in London for him to insult?

    Lord, have mercy.

  17. July 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    The most alarming thing about R-money’s first day abroad (with our “special relationship” ally) is that the low-information “undecided” voters won’t hear about this. When they cast their ballot in Nov, the media should be obligated to inform voters just how unprepared R-money for the job.

    Andrew Sullivan is as tenacious as a bulldog when a topic catches his fancy, and he’s posted numerous (hilarious) items on R-money’s embarrassing autobot performance.

    The Right And Romney’s Crash Landing Abroad
    Crickets at NRO. Nothing at the Weekly Standard, except a note on his determination to bring the Churchill bust back to the Oval Office. Zilch at Malkin. Nothing at Insta. Drudge sees a huge story when it is in front of his nose. But it’s at times like these when you realize how so much on the online partisan right is simply propaganda.

    He then posts an excerpt from one of the more vile RWNJs.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/07/the-right-and-romneys-crash-landing-abroad.html

    26 Jul 2012 05:55 PM

    • July 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Oh, and about the Churchill bust:

      Good grief, what are R-money’s advisors paid to do (besides collect a paycheck)?

      • 76 ChristiMTL
        July 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

        If you look at his team, it’s not surprising…….they know nothing

      • 77 nathkatun7
        July 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

        Somebody please tell me, why do American conservatives value Winston Churchill more than they value Abraham Lincoln? Is Churchill more important to America than Lincoln? I ask this question because President Obama replaced the bust of Churchill with the bust of Abraham Lincoln. Are conservatives trying to tell us that they prefer a British Prime Minister over one of the greatest American Presidents? Is that what constitutes American patriotism for conservatives?

  18. July 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  19. July 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Just so the fools who work for him know we know …

  20. 83 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I guess the reason why Romney talked about his meeting with the head of the MI6 was to show the world how important he was, in his own mind of course.
    ….instead he looked like a complete idiot who doesn’t know what the word ”private” means, the meeting wasn’t even on his schedule…..The Brits didn’t take that too well…..

    • 84 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      He’s even worst than Bush, if it’s possible…..it was disgusting enough when Bush said last week that his 8 years were awesome, he was famous and powerful, …I think Romney could be worst……

    • 86 nathkatun7
      July 27, 2012 at 2:06 am

      My speculation is that the M16 head, out of curiosity, dropped in to meet and greet Mitt Romney. But knowing Mitt’s ability to exaggerate, he had to go before the cameras to make it such a big deal. The same way he did with his meeting with the Australian Foreign Minister in SF.

  21. 87 Me4obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    “Mr. Leader. When is SNL when you need it? Today we are all British in our hate for Willard.

  22. 88 VotingPoet
    July 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    What a day for Romney. I do not like that guy. Just to think he’s even this close to power makes me shutter. I think we now know forever after W how much damage someone can do in 4 to 8 years. OMG!

  23. July 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Luckily, Michelle is riding in to the rescue. Show the world that not everyone is as boorish as Mitt Romney and his horrible wife.

  24. July 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Here’s one more tweet from a political reporter at UK’s Daily Mail (a newspaper for UK tea party types):

  25. July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  26. July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    There are some nasty derechos headed for the northeast (NY NJ, PA, CT) and then later some parts of the mid-Atlantic (MD, VA, etc), so please inform your friends and family living in those areas and make sure they are safe.

  27. July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    On another topic, it’s sad that there is only one white face in that picture for the signing ceremony up above (Arnie Duncan). This should be a cause for all Americans to cheer. I acknowledge that the black caucus members may have wanted to own this accomplishment, but everyone should care about advancing minorities in this country. Just like everyone should care about education for all races.

  28. 99 FiredUpInCA
    July 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    • 100 sherijr
      July 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Oh thats hilarious… I admit I have done ZERO packing today- having so enjoyed all the funnies on the #RomneyShambles. I’m downright giddy :)

      • 101 Dona McNealy
        July 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        Hey sherijr! We are packing too, but this hilarious trip by R’Money was too rib tickling to ignore.

        • 102 sherijr
          July 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          exactly- I accomplished nothing today.. but I sure did laugh & enjoy the comments everywhere. :)

          • 103 nathkatun7
            July 27, 2012 at 2:16 am

            Me too Sherjr! I feel bad for having signed on. I had so much work to do but I just haven’t been able to discipline myself to leave. Today has been a fun filled day at the expense of Mittens.

    • 104 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      lol that picture is so hilarious

  29. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    July 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Dear People of the World (especially Europe and the Middle East), Did you hear Willard Mitt Romney of the Cayman Islands is out and about? He’d just love to be invited to your country, so he could introduce himself to you. He’s also got some good ideas about outsourcing, which might help your economy. Please get in touch with him. I think he’s on Facebook. Sincerely, Americans for Obama-Biden 2012 #KeepHimWhileYou’reAtIt

  30. 106 99ts
    July 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I’ve never been a great fan of Boris Johnson – rather liked his opponent Ken Livingstone – but the former well knows about London – as has been repeated for 30o years

    “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford” Samuel Johnson, 20 September 1777

    For all that Londoners suffered through WWII & their never ending support of the US thereafter & Mitt Romney has the gall to insult all that they are and all that they stand for – shame they didn’t self deport him.

  31. 109 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Good old Mark is trying to distract us from Mitty’s shitty day with this nonsense:

  32. 119 susanne
    July 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    u.s. olympic committee wants olympics footage out of political ads.

    ‘The U.S. Olympic Committee has a message for the presidential candidates and their supporters: leave the Games out of your politics.’

    ‘Olympics footage is not just off-limits for attack ads. Sandusky specified the ban “pertains to all ads. We will not allow Olympic footage to be used in any political ad, positive or negative, per the IOC’s Olympic Charter.”

    The restriction may spell bad news for Mitt Romney and his supporters, who point to Romney’s stewardship of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics as a key biographical selling point in his presidential campaign.’

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-us-olympic-committee-wants-olympics-footage-out-of-campaign-ads-20120726,0,2396895.story

  33. July 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

  34. 126 isonprize
    July 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

  35. 127 dotster3
    July 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    And sorry, but I just saw the most ridiculous series of comments on the news from some Chicagoans, using Jesus and God in defense of Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay stance. Please, people. Think.

  36. July 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  37. July 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Previous
    Next
    9:40 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    10:15 AM
    Obama signs the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act.
    11:00 AM
    Obama and Biden meet with Ambassador Crocker.
    11:30 AM
    Obama and Biden meet with Clinton.
    Carney briefs the press.
    1:10 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Jefferson Hotel, in Washington, D.C.
     
    1:15 PM
    Biden attends a campaign event in Washington, D.C.
    4:45 PM
    Obama departs the White House en route McLean, Virginia.
    4:55 PM
    Obama arrives in McLean, Virginia.
    5:25 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event.
    7:35 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    8:25 PM
    Obama departs McLean, Virginia en route the White House.
    8:35 PM
    Obama arrives at the White House.

  38. 130 donna dem 4 obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    TOD, bloggers were asking about R-Money meeting with British Intelligence. This article might answer the question. I do remember PBO being briefed in 2008. Maybe as a courtesy because of this policy MI6 took advantage of him being there and he was introduced to them but he didn’t have the good sense to keep his mouth shut.

    Romney intel briefings to start after official nomination

    The Obama administration will stick with the election-year tradition of both Democratic and Republican White Houses in offering presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney classified intelligence briefings only after he formally secures his party’s nomination at the convention this summer.

    “It’s a long-standing practice for presidential candidates and select advisers to be provided intelligence briefings following the party’s nominating convention,” Shawn Turner, the spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told Security Clearance. “During the last presidential campaign, all the candidates began receiving briefings in September following the conventions.”

    Turner stressed that the Obama administration is keeping to a tradition in place since the 1950s.

    http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/01/romney-intel-briefings-to-start-after-official-nomination/

  39. 132 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Olympic Minister Laughs When Asked If Romney Will Carry The Torch | British Olympic minister Hugh Robertson literally laughed off the possibility that Mitt Romney would be involved in carrying the Olympic torch after his disastrous visit to the country. During an appearance on BBC2′s Newsnight, Robertson broke out in laughter as the host suggested that Romney carry the famed symbol of the games and said, “certainly not after today

    I knew the Brits would not let it go……

  40. 133 FiredUpInCA
    July 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  41. July 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    TOD twitter bridgade, follow

    @USAinUK

    It’s the U.S. Embassy in London and they’re tweeting about the Olympics. FLOTUS will be doing events with them.
    AND, they’ll DM you with a thanks!

  42. 143 Melanie
    July 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  43. July 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    • 145 daisydem
      July 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Okay … now that is the best comment I have seen. You betcha (as dear old Sarah (not quite as bad as Romney apparently) would say!

    • 146 Cha
      July 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      mitt romney loves to LIE that ….

      .Is this pretty fast f**king Karma or What?

    • 147 nathkatun7
      July 27, 2012 at 2:44 am

      A bigger irony is that Romney lies about President Obama who has never apologized for America; but in Romney’s case, Americans do need to apologize to London and the U.K. for the intemperate remarks by a man who is the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, giving him an outside chance– though remote — of being elected President.

  44. 148 Me4obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I just saw the front page of sky newspaper & I almost chocked laughing. The headline is,”READY-SET-GO Whatever Mitt Romney Says”. :lol:

  45. 152 dotster3
    July 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Love #youcan’tmakethismittup

  46. 153 donna dem 4 obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This is how BriWi opened the NBC Nightly News tonight.

    Romney Ruffles Feathers in London. hehehehehehe!!!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#48346379

  47. July 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Lahood to talk to Reporters at 10:30 Friday, about Transportation loans!

  48. July 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    after all the explanations I still don’t know how to embed Tweets…so here are a few copied from Jon Swaine’s feed. He’s Washington correspondent for The Daily Telegraph

    @jonswaine
    Banner headline across P6-7 spread of tomorrow’s Daily Mail: “Who invited party-pooper Romney?”

    @daveweigel
    Unless Romney brings bacon-wrapped shrimp to the Wailing Wall, I guess this’ll be the worst day of the trip. Jon Swaine ‏@jonswaine

    @jonswaine
    Fair. RT @jbarro Romney should note Britain’s shortage of Olympic security guards is apparently not as large as their shortage of dentists.

    • 156 isonprize
      July 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Susan, try this. Find a tweet that you want to embed here at TOD. There should be the word “Expand” in the lower left hand corner of the tweet.
      Left click the word “Expand.” The tweet should open up to include more stuff. The stuff should include the word “Details” on the last line. Right click the word “Details” A menu will show up, left click the choice “Copy Link Location” then come back over here to TOD, then Right click where you want to tweet to show up. Left click the word “Paste”
      After you click ‘paste’ the “h t t p s : / / twitter” string will show up but without the spaces.

      • 157 isonprize
        July 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        Susan, the word “Expand” doesn’t show up above. It shows up in the original tweet that you choose.

      • 158 Cha
        July 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm

        I know I know! ‘Cause the US CorporateMedia COVERS up Mitt’s LIES & Stupid Gaffes! Can’t do that while he’s in another country spouting shite. Maybe mitt should have stayed in his cocoon? And, why in the world wouldn’t he have talkied to the USA Press Pool who’ve done SO MUCH FOR WILLARD?

      • 159 nathkatun7
        July 27, 2012 at 2:58 am

        “I gotta hand it to the Brits. They figured out #MittRomney is a fake, empty suit in about 5 minutes. What is taking America so long?”

        I would say it’s our corrupt mainstream media that hates President Obama so much that they wouldn’t care who replaces him. They would rather pounce on everything the President says or does while they look the other way when it comes to the “empty suit,” serial liar, Mitt Romney.

      • July 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

        Thanks isonprize -it’s the right click/left click thing I have trouble with on my MAC. Here goes a try.

    • 161 Cha
      July 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Who would put it past the willards to bring bacon wrapped shrimp to Israel or something equally as insensitive?

  49. 162 FiredUpInCA
    July 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    The President has Got This:

    The London Olympics

    “In keeping with our special relationship, the president also made it clear that he has the utmost confidence in our close friend and ally the United Kingdom as they finalize preparations to host the London Olympics,” Carney told reporters.

    Israel

    On Wednesday the White House issued a written statement noting that [Homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan] had visited Israel. His mission? “To consult with senior Israeli officials about a range of shared security concerns, including the recent wave of terrorist plots against Israeli and other interests,” according to a White House statement. “He also had a productive meeting with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad in Jerusalem.”

    Poland

    On Wednesday, the Pentagon issued a statement highlighting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s meeting with Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak. They discussed “issues of mutual interest, including Afghanistan, NATO missile defense and the ongoing crisis in Syria,” according to Pentagon spokesman George Little, who noted it was their “third in-person meeting.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-hey-romney-europe-way-back-193436094.html

    Your move Mitt. We saw how London went. The world looks forward to your stops in Israel and Poland.

  50. 165 dotster3
    July 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  51. July 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Next Up Jerusalem. Great video on the truth about PBO and Israel.

  52. July 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    • 172 jacquelineoboomer
      July 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Excellent, meta ~ but, please, somebody warn me before using the word “underpinning” anywhere close to “Romney” again. Gag.

  53. 173 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Target and Costco…that’s all I’m sayin’ :) Good for them!

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/07/26/593401/target-releases-new-same-sex-wedding-registry-ad/

  54. 175 anniebella
    July 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Did Mitt Romney moon walk all day long today? Did he apologize today? You know what he claim President Obama does all the time.

  55. 177 dotster3
    July 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I’m noticing Willard’s Very Bad Day getting attention on news sites all about. Here’s the Reuters story:

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-07-26/news/sns-rt-us-oly-usa-politics-romney-tripbre86p1ia-20120726_1_mitt-romney-london-mayor-olympic-park

  56. 178 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Snark Knoller. HEY SNARK KNOLLER THEY’RE ASKING FOR YOU ON TWITTER!!!!! :D

    • 179 dotster3
      July 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      The Non-Snark Knoller is making everyone puke for being solely obsessed with Obama fundraisers and, probably, how much he and Michelle are costing taxpayers. He somehow managed to miss out on all the Willard pratfalls and just keeps saying ‘this is Obama’s 3 trillonth fundraiser to date’. Everyone is starting to scream, “Snarky, where are you? Emergency! Need clever slambacks NOW!”

    • July 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I concur.

    • 181 Nena20409
      July 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Paris Jackson is ONLY 14. I think her troubles should not be made fun of. She is just the same age as Malia Obama. I say, Paris Jackson is off limits for Us here. ‘Am I wrong? Someone set me straight.

    • 187 isonprize
      July 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      I’m not following ReignofApril on twiiter, but I wish she would leave the kids out of this. Paris Jackson is what? 13? 14 years old? Not in politics. Same way I think Malia and Sasha should be off-limits. When they are adults, like Megan McCain, that’s a totally different story.

  57. 188 99ts
    July 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one who thinks Mitt Romney talks about his family in much the same way as he talks about the Brits. From a Sullivan reader – the persistant oddness of mitt romney

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/07/the-persistent-oddness-of-mitt-romney.html

  58. July 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    FLOTUS has arrived in London. Hopefully, there will be photos!!

    • 191 desertflower
      July 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Wonderful:) Mittens, pay attention to someone with grace and manners….this is how it’s done.

  59. July 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I have to come out of my months-long lurkdom to share something a friend of mine wrote on her Facebook page today. She does amazing work with struggling families, and she has been on the front lines of those serving those who have been devastated by poverty. Today she had this to say: “Notes from the field: This spring, I had the privilege to be welcomed into homes in the second poorest census tract in the U.S. (in Cleveland). The people in these homes wanted what we all want: a good education and a better life for our children. Driving up to these homes, I was struck by how difficult it must be to hope for these. On the walls in many of these homes was the same picture: the inauguration photo of the Obama family in Grant Park Chicago. The Audacity of Hope is not just a title: it is an inspiration to an entire segment of the population that had given up. Tonight, the President described many important initiatives in his speech to the Urban League, including an admonition to young people to turn off Real Housewives and video games and hit the books. This was a terrific speech, for many reasons, not least because it continued to inspire those who most need inspiration. There is a lot at stake in the elections coming up. I pray that the electorate does not squander the chance to attend to the needs of “the least of these”, which many Christian doctrines mention but do not always support. It is in everyone’s interest to advance the progress of these hardworking, but poor, families, so that their children, and our children, can build a better world.

    • 198 sherijr
      July 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      thank you so much platypus for sharing this.

    • July 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much for posting that. So glad you came out of lurkdom to share that with us. :-)

    • July 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    • 201 0388jojothecat
      July 27, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Thank you….I am glad I came back to this post to read this. Thank your friend for helping those they are in need and encouraging them in striving for a better life. Me and many here benefited from a free education and taking advantage of lower tuitions, low cost student loans, and grant money. If it were not for people who believed in giving back and our Federal and State governments that helped us. I did not get where I am today by myself. I pay my taxes gladly and help others because I know it’s better to pay it forward. I don’t know how the Romneys, Roves, Limpballs, Hannitys, and O’Reillys sleep at night being so greedy. These people are supposed to be christian but don’t follow Christs teachings.

    • 202 Cha
      July 27, 2012 at 12:49 am

      That is so Beautifully breathtakingly, Inspiring to me too..thanks Platypus! I’m so happy these Peeps get this and are encouraged by PObama’s Words of Truth.

  60. 203 Dudette
    July 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Oh Snap! Did anybody just see Michael Eric Dyson’s segment “The President’s Critics” on The Ed Show Tonight?

    • 204 Nena20409
      July 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Yes. I did. He had a point, but then I didn’t appreciate his question yesterday.

      • 205 Dudette
        July 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        He was kind vague on exactly what the question was that got people upset. Guess I need to go back and watch the video.

    • 206 dotster3
      July 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      It was all about him—–he was offended that he got criticism for criticizing Obama last night. Ironic. And too much in a hurry to say he was an Obama BFF—-again, all about him.

    • 207 nospin
      July 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      I flipped the channel as soon as he was gearing up to talk about it. Could sense it was an “all about me” conversation and I was remotely interested.

      • 208 nospin
        July 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        meant to say I was NOT remotely interested.

      • 209 Dudette
        July 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        I missed it, cuz I was watching the President’s speech. I started to watch PBO from MSNBC, then they broke for commercial in the middle of his speech so I just switched to one of the other feeds.

      • 210 0388jojothecat
        July 27, 2012 at 12:34 am

        Didn’t have that right winger and he didn’t counter the talking points.

  61. 211 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  62. 213 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    This is a must read. The faces and stories of the people that Rick Scott wants to take away their right to vote! Pass this on!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/26/florida-voter-suppression-voices

  63. 214 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

  64. 216 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Blog about the PA voter issues from the ACLU…

    http://www.aclupa.blogspot.com/

  65. July 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  66. July 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    “Among the people watching Mitt Romney’s European misadventures with interest on Thursday was President Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Axelrod.”

    “’It’s been quite amazing so far,” Axelrod remarked Thursday. ‘I’m almost speechless. That doesn’t happen too often.'”

  67. 219 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    First, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy is heading out to Ohio this weekend to stump for Obama 2012 and now Zach Quinto aka Spock from Star Trek is also heading out.

    They appeal to lots of young people like me. Another A+ for team Obama.

  68. July 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

  69. 222 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

  70. 223 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

  71. July 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Washington (CNN) – For the second time this month, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is hitting Mitt Romney over his opposition to abortion in a television ad, as the two candidates battle for the crucial women’s vote.

    A new spot from Team Obama starts with a graphic saying “Women speak on Mitt Romney” and then features one woman, named Jenni, saying to the camera: “I’ve never felt this way before, but it’s just a scary time to be a woman. Mitt Romney is so out of touch.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/26/obama-campaign-airs-second-ad-hitting-romney-on-abortion/

  72. July 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

  73. 229 nospin
    July 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Romney’s meeting with PM Cameron reminded me of POTUS and the PM visit back in March.

    • 230 0388jojothecat
      July 27, 2012 at 12:41 am

      President Obama is so gracious and personable. He didn’t leave the Prime Mister out of his interview and included the Prime Mister in the conversation. We have a GREAT MAN in President Obama.

  74. July 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Has anyone heard about the campaign by Rubio for Mittens in Colorado? Did they cancel?

  75. July 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    The Republucans are trying to sabotage the Cybersecurity bill, something about Freedom.
    But, the pressure is mounting to do something.
    So, what does Schumer do? He is trying a Gun control Amendment, as an Addendum!
    That is nuts. Poison pill all over it, with zero chance of passing.
    I don’t understand Congress!

  76. 238 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Ha ha! I’m so proud of the Brits! :D :D :D


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